There are books that are so controversial lawsuits were filed against them to stop publication. But that move always backfires. Remember, there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Here are the top books that almost got banned, but became popular instead:
- Belle et Bête by Marcela Iacub. The author tells her affair with former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan. Strauss-Khan tried to have the book banned, but it didn’t work. The publisher paid him €50,000 in damages though.
- The Spycatcher by Peter Wright. The author, who is a former MI5 agent revealed all the dirty secrets of the British intelligence agency in this book. It was banned, but it is still available in Australia and Scotland, selling 2 million copies.
- Wild Swans by Jung Chang. This shows a graphic image of China during the reign of Chairman Mao. It is banned in China, but it sold over 13 million copies.
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D H Lawrence. This book is sexually explicit. It was banned from 1928 to 1960. The first day it was finally released, it sold over 200,000 copies.
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. It shows graphic details of how brutal the First World War was. It was banned in Nazi Germany in 1933.